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Anies balks at imposing partial lockdown despite resurgence in cases

  • Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, January 5, 2021   /  09:58 am
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Gravediggers carry the casket of a COVID-19 victim in Pondok Ranggon public cemetery in East Jakarta on Jan. 1.(JP/P.J. Leo)

The Jakarta administration has announced it will extend transitional large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) until Jan. 17, despite calls to reimpose full restrictions as the capital’s healthcare system bows under strain. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said the decision was made after considering assessments by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) and the University of Indonesia’s Faculty of Public Health (FKM-UI). “Based on [these assessments], we’ve decided to extend the transition from PSBB until Jan. 17,” Anies said in a statement late on Sunday. “We’ll remain consistent in implementing the 3Ts of testing, tracing and treatment [...] to curb the spread of COVID-19, especially after the year-end holidays.” The head of the Jakarta Health Agency, Widyastuti, said authorities would focus on preventing a surge of new ca...